Binaural beats, where science meets spirituality?
If activating states of healing consciousness is something that intrigues you as it does me, keep reading!
The idea of doing less and receiving more is something that I have been actively experimenting with for the last year or so.
As I unwittingly dived down a rabbit hole of spirituality and science, I discovered so many more crossovers and places where ancient wisdom and new technologies are merging with fascinating outcomes.
Science is beginning to better understand the mind/body connection. For the first time we are really able to get explanations for much of the wisdom the ancient healers have known for centuries.
One of the most interesting and effective investigations is into sound wave therapy, or brainwave entrainment.
Today, it is possible to use sound waves to modify, regulate, and improve one’s brain chemistry by safely altering our brainwaves into desirable patterns.
Binaural, Monaural and Isochronic.
Binaural beats (from Latin “with both ears”) are the new hot topic, hailed as “digital drugs”, they’re being cited as some kinda magic, for all sorts from improving sleep, to enhancing memory and even repairing DNA!!
First discovered by physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839, binaural beats are an auditory illusion which is perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, and less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear).
This means that they are best listened to through headphones.
Monaural beats ‘from the latin for “with one ear”
Monaural beats are when there is only one tone that pulses on and off in a specific pattern. With only one tone (as opposed to two tones with binaural beats) your brain has a much easier time adjusting and there is no need to balance separate tones.
As with binaural beats two frequencies are matched together to create a third frequency. Though the difference is that the third one created is actually an acoustic difference which works directly on the basilar membrane in order to induce an effect. Monaural beats are combined into one sound before they actually reach the human ear, as opposed to formulated in part by the brain itself, which occurs with a binaural beat.
This means that monaural beats can be used effectively via either headphones or speakers. It also means that those without two ears can listen to and receive the benefits.
Isochronic tones are regular beats of a single tone that are used alongside monaural beats and binaural beats in the process called brainwave entrainment. At its simplest level, an isochronic tone is a tone that is being turned on and off rapidly. They create sharp, distinctive pulses of sound.
It is my understanding, that binaural beats are considered to be the soft-core to isochronic tones hardcore, with monaural beats somewhere in the middle.
For more on the science side of Binaural beat, check out Sophie Fessl’ s article ‘How Binaural Beats Affect Your Brain – and How They Don’t’.
Want to try binaural beats for yourself?
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For me, everything I have discovered so far is enough to want to try them for myself.
This blog is part one of a three part series.
In the coming weeks I am going to be writing about Brainwaves, the five different types, what they are for and why we might want to manipulate them.
Then in part three I am going to be exploring brainwave entrainment for myself and I’ll report back with both my findings and a range of case studies from people who have used binaural beats recreationally and for far more chronic ailments.